Philosophy students at Albion get involved and gain experience through a number of opportunities outside of class. Scroll through some of the possibilities below and don't hesitate to contact the department for more information!
Albion is affiliated with this national honorary organization in philosophy, as students' wishes dictate. Our local chapter has been active in arranging programs of intellectual significance to the campus and providing formal recognition to the academic achievements of our students.
Classes such as the Philosophy of Art or the Bertrand Russell Seminar often include field trips to libraries, museums, or galleries as part of the course. One of the Russell Seminar's trips to the Russell Archives at McMaster University resulted in the students publishing in Russell: The Journal of the Bertrand Russell Archives.
The field of philosophy characteristically emphasizes critical reasoning and writing skills on the methodological side, and inquiry into value issues on the substantive side. This combination makes the study of philosophy an important and meaningful addition to the curricular initiatives offered at Albion by the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, the Institute for Healthcare Professions, and the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management, as well as the Pre-Law and Neuroscience concentrations. The websites of each include a description of relevant Philosophy courses.
For information about Pre-Law, please see Pre-Professional Programs.
For those students who are interested in the study of law at the undergraduate level, please take a look at the Law, Justice and Society concentration.
The 25th Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held April 16 -17, 2021 on the campus of Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Oregon. The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of philosophical work of undergraduates to their peers. Papers are required to be of philosophical content, but there are no specific restrictions on subject matter within the arena of philosophical discussion itself. Papers should be approximately 3000 words (10-12 pages). Electronic submissions are required and should be sent to Ian O'Loughlin at . Selected papers from the conference will be published in the journal Res Cogitans. This is strictly an undergraduate conference, with only undergraduates allowed on the conference program. The single exception is the keynote speaker. This year’s keynote speaker is John Martin Fischer.
The Department of Philosophy at Texas State University, and the members of the Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honors Society, are hosting the 24th Annual Philosophy Student Symposium, to be held on April 23rd & 24th, 2021 via Zoom.
Johns Hopkins University’s Second Annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium is now accepting applications. The symposium was designed to offer students across the country the chance to gather together and disseminate their humanities research on a national scale. This year’s event will be virtual, held live on April 24th and 25th, 2021, and the application portal is now open. This symposium is open to undergraduate students from any two-year or four-year college or university who would like to present their original scholarship in the humanities. We hope to have 400 participants this year. In addition to the multiple panels of student papers and presentations (including original creative works), we will also have a wonderful keynote delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr and multiple professional development panels featuring Johns Hopkins graduate students and faculty and editors from Johns Hopkins University Press. Students studying all areas of the humanities are welcome to attend. Attendees will also have the opportunity to work with our student editors to revise their presentation into a journal-length presentation for our journal of proceedings, the Macksey Journal.
Research and Fellowship Opportunities
The Humane Studies Fellowship at George Mason University.
The Adam Smith Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship for graduate students attending PhD programs at any university, and in any discipline, including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Smith Fellows receive a stipend and attend colloquia on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy. It is a total award of up to $10,000 for the year.
Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2021
Deadline for submission online is February 16, 2021.
Aperto Animo the undergraduate philosophy journal for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is accepting submissions for our current issue! We are looking for submissions of approximately 2 to 12 pages, in the following categories: ethics, value theory, epistemology, philosophy of the mind, philosophy of language, metaphysics, political thought, and critiques of other philosophers’ work. Additionally, all submissions should contain an abstract summarizing the work.
Episteme, Denison University's (OH) internationally recognized undergraduate philosophy journal, is seeking quality papers for Volume 32, to be published in May 2021. You will find the official call for papers, outlining the requirements here.
STANCE, an International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, is produced and edited entirely by undergraduate students. We aim to enrich student learning by providing an opportunity for undergraduate students to have their original work reviewed by or published in a peer-reviewed academic journal.
The undergraduate editors of Stance are trained in specific editorial skills, including line-editing, content evaluation, professional communication, and independent research. Several reviewers examine each contributed paper. Contributors are given constructive feedback, even if the paper is rejected. For accepted and ‘revise and resubmit’ papers, the feedback is typically substantial. The editor-in-chief of Stance ensures that all questions are answered professionally and in a timely manner.
Submission Guidelines: Stance seeks papers concerning any philosophical topic. However, not every paper that earns an “A” in an undergraduate course is right for us. A Stance paper will go above and beyond an “A” with regard to originality, depth, and audience appeal. Current undergraduates may submit papers between 1500 and 3500 words in length. The deadline for submissions is mid-December, initial review is completed in early February, and publication is in April.
Prometheus Undergraduate Philosophy Journal and Conference, John Hopkins University. Prometheus is an undergraduate philosophy club run by students at Johns Hopkins University. The purpose of the club is to promote philosophic discourse of the highest standard by offering students an opportunity to engage in open discussion, participate in an academic conference, and establish a community of aspiring philosophers. Each year, Prometheus hosts a conference for undergraduates in philosophy. This year's conference will be held on April 10, 2021 online.
Areté, The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Rutgers University
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